CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

Tag: ‘child’

Twilight Costume on the Beach

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

When I was a kid I had the most amazing costumes EVER because of a mom who was a wickedly awesome seamstress. I remember everything from cougar cubs to genies. We felt so cool in our costumes. Nowadays it is so easy to purchase costumes and life seems to busy to spend time sewing costumes… so I have to admit that Amazon.com and I are best friends at Halloween time. Horrible I know. But I do try to make it up by capturing my children in their coolness by taking their pictures. So before branding me as a neglectful mom (which, ok… it is a bit lazy of me) take a look at these and let me know if you still feel the same.

Miriam chose to be a Zombie Angel for Halloween this year. It was one of the coolest outfits I have ever seen. At the same time I was challenging myself to shoot in darker lighting conditions to create an almost twilightish appearance.  I have to say that I am quite pleased with the outcome of the shoot.

I love the quirky zombie feel to this image!

When I am editing I try out different ways and then settle on one that suites a shoot best. Personally I love the ones above best and will probably re edit all the others… but for now the feel of the following is great too. I love them both really. I have had them printed and they each lend well to the image. Here are a few more from that evening.

I think it would be hard for anyone to claim that the Angel part does not fit.  I hope to get my little Ballerina Devil’s shoot completed soon. We are waiting on nice weather for it. My boys have masks so their shoots will be done in other costumes that don’t hide their face.

There is so much I love from these images, I don’t know where to begin. The lighting, the colors, the bare feet. This was all done on a very stormy afternoon. We laughed all the way home that we had the chance between major wind blowing to get this done. If only I had the courage to post the one image of me and my muddied entire front. All of it was easily taken care of with a nice Hot Tub and a cup of Hot tea.  This was a moment that we will always remember!  Love you Miriam… thanks for humoring your mama!

This photo session was taken at the Roosevelt Beach in Washingon.

Rebekah = Happy with a spark of pizazz!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Again, loving the school pictures this year.  Rebekah was a perfect little model.  She got to the spot and started striking a pose and giving it her best grins without any encouragement needed from me.  It was AWESOME.  If only every child were so easy.  It is so fun as a photographer to see such a bright fun loving individual who knows their own mind :)  I am looking forward to doing another session with her for sure!!!  After all – look at her SMILE: SO CUTE!

Just looking at these it brings me back to the session.  She would shift this way and strike her pose, then ever so slightly shift and strike her pose – then of coarse another subtle but well thought out rearranging and she was ready again!  I loved it!  Mom was smiling as big as can be too because this was Rebekah having her own moment and it was priceless!

Rebekah, next time we will spend much longer with a full session rather than a mini session, K hun!?  Thanks for being so awesome!



Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Fun and full of life – that is Olivia.  One of my favorite things to do is school pictures.  Each year your child changes so much & the mile marker that shows that is the yearly images taken.  Looking back on the old images and then to the new is such a bittersweet moment.  Here are some special ones I took of Olivia.  Thanks hun – we need to do this again!

Something to remember is that getting pictures at school is not your only option.  Doing a mini session in your child’s own environment will be ever so dear to you as you look back on the memories.

There is nothing like your best friend either.  Taking the opportunity to have a session where I come to you in your setting also gives you the opportunity to bring out your own childs personality and showcase the things or people that mean the world to them.

Thank you again Olivia for letting me capture this year for you and your family!

Another Year ~ Children

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Each year children get their pictures at school.  Why do we do this?  Well, it marks a mile marker in life.  The progress is documented.  I love to see the images and the faces, but feel that time and effort should be made so that the images are not just ones placed in a book and used for blackmail.  Why not have images that the children would be proud of and that you would want to have displayed in your home.  These are special moments in their lives – ones they should be able to cherish.

This sweet family invited me to take their pictures in their back yard.  It was great and they were adorable.

There is nothing cuter than a little child who is proud of having lost their teeth.  LOL  Thank you for this special moment that I had the chance to share with your family D&J!



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